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    The harbor at Hania

    by SeaBreezeUSA Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The harbor at Hania, 59 km from Rethymnon, is crete's 2nd largest city. You must visit the Firkas Sea Fortress, which houses the naval museum. It was where the king of Greece first raised the national flag in 1913. Also worth visiting is the Archeological Museum.

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    Get out of town!

    by jenn_d Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Do not just limit yourself to just this one city. There is much to be seen on other parts of the island. Give yourself at least 2 days in Chania and an extra one if you plan to hike the Samaria Gorge.

    Fondest memory: A German Archeology Professor on sabbatical befriended me and acted as my guide at Knososs and the Archeological Museum. He was able to answer many questions for me and point out the pieces with the most historical significance such as the bee pendant and Phaestos disc.

    Stairway to nowhere?

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    just walk around a mountain...

    by dewaele.j Written Aug 26, 2002

    Favorite thing: just walk around a mountain village is a very nice experience, we were offerd milke and grapes to taste and had a nice talk in English of cource. Only an English conversation is possible with the younger once.

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    go to the Natural History...

    by anniina Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: go to the Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC). It offers the visitors a unique chance of a rich experience on the natural environment of Crete and its distinctiveness, as it reveals from the ecologically and culturally complex landscape of the Eastern Mediterranean. There are realistic models of biotopes, animal and plant collections, as well as plenty of photo material, and you can discover the natural beauty of Crete and continental Greece. Forests, phryganic and maquis vegetation, marshes, caves, rocky and sandy beaches, mountain massifs as well as special presentations on threatened animals (sea mammals, birds, etc), are some of the topics of the permanent exhibition.
    Address: 157 Knossou Av., the road leading to the ancient palace of Knossos.

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    visit the The Archaeological...

    by anniina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: visit the The Archaeological Museum

    This museum houses the most important collection of Minoan art and artefacts anywhere in the world. Twenty galleries on two floors display the exhibits in chronological order from the Neolithic Period to the Greco-Roman period. The magnificent Minoan frescoes are displayed in the upstairs rooms.

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    Go to Knossos. That´s where...

    by anniina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Go to Knossos. That´s where our culture comes from!it is definately a place to see, but it´s so old that there is almost nothing original left from it. Still they have done an unbelieveable job rebuilding it! But the stories are great and if you have a good guide and good imagination...it´s really an experience! It´s living history from 4000years ago!

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    Dance!Cretan dancing is known...

    by anniina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Dance!Cretan dancing is known for its vitality. A famous Cretan dance is the Pentozali. The Pentozali, danced throughout Crete, was done by armed warriors during ancient times. The rhythm is provided by a Cretan lyre and the dancers, holding hands, start dancing slowly in a circle. As the music quickens, so do the steps and the dance reaches a frenzy speed, ending suddenly when the lyre does.

    Another well-known dance is the Syrtos. The Syrtos is lead by a dancer who skilfully and energetically leads the group. The leader provides the initiative for the dance and will do a variety of complicated steps, while being supported by the line of backup dancers, doing more mild steps.

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    Drink raki! It´s allmost like...

    by anniina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Drink raki! It´s allmost like vodka here in Finland but better! But be careful...it´s dangerous ;)
    If you are lucky, you get to see how they make it..Many houses in Iraklion and all around Crete have places in their backyard where they make it! Raki is made from Treber, the remains of pressing grapes. It is destilled in October or November in the Kasani, the destillery of the village.A Kasani is usually opened for some weeks and the destillery works usually from noon to late in the night, where a lot of people come to celebrate, eat , drink,....

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    Eat, drink and have a good...

    by anniina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Eat, drink and have a good time! But don´t go to the obvious 'turist' restaurants, walk a little bit away from the center of Iraklion and you will find small bars and pubs for local people! THOSE are the best ones! But you have to take your dictionary with you because the menus are only in greek

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    you must visit Knossos. the...

    by sugagirl Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: you must visit Knossos. the place is magical...all that ancient history has survive centuries. It gives goosebumps just to think about it.

    Fondest memory: The walk way full of little shops and caffes. Late afternoon enjoying a frappe, watching the people go by.

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    Small old Agios Minas

    by Skipka Updated Oct 28, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This is the old church before Big brother Agios Minas was built. It wa sin 19th Century. Before this time this was the Agios Minas. Now this one is closed and the big one serve the masses.

    Agios Minas

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    Agia Ekaterinis

    by Skipka Updated Oct 28, 2003

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    Favorite thing: There is a small church right next to Agios Minas where is set Museum of Byzantine art (including the well known icons of master Michail Damaskinos).

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    My friends from the 80's

    by Yiannis2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Fondest memory: Óôï ÇñÜêëåéï ìÝíïõí ïé êáëïß ìïõ ößëïé áðï ôïí êáéñü ôïõ ÐëáôáíéÜ (85-86), ï ÌðÜìðçò, ç Ãùãþ êáé ôá ðáéäéÜ ôïõò! Áðï ôï ÇñÜêëåéï åéíáé êáé áëëïé áíèñùðïé ðïõ áãáðþ!

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    What we absolutely enjoyed was...

    by Rieke Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: What we absolutely enjoyed was the food, just great. I really think it's a paradise for vegetarians !

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    We had a trip to Iraklion but...

    by dewaele.j Written Aug 26, 2002

    Favorite thing: We had a trip to Iraklion but our hotel was in Hersonissos Hotel Silva Mares with beautiful nice colord little houses.
    We also visited Knosses and his historical monuments.

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